Thursday, 30 September 2010
Picking it up and pressing the buttons I suddenly noticed the name on the tail of the helicopter!
"Dickie Coastguard"......what's that all about, how rude!
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Monday, 27 September 2010
One slight problem, its a bit long for the station, it might fit length ways through to the office?
But credit to Nick, he drove this round London, yes the middle of London during rush hour.
Along with members of Swanage Rowing club they then had a paddle in the Thames and then back on the trailer to Swanage.
Just got to wait for the next big puddle out the front of the building and we should all have a go!
(paddle not a drive round London)
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Saturday, 25 September 2010
However once a year we can order extra uniform such as polo shirts, caps, shirts, jackets etc. To make sure nobody overdoes it each item has a points value and we can spend a maximum 50 points each. Turns out that a Coastguard pullover is worth 13 clip on ties or about a third of a jacket, whilst a coat costs more than 2 years worth of points so I don't suppose they get through many of those.
Well, I've chosen what I want, totalled it up and at 175 points I think I've bust. Might have to rethink; maybe put the shirt back and get a tie instead, or just have the right trouser leg and save up for the left one next year?
Friday, 24 September 2010
Non floating rope sinks.
Do not throw lines, sorry ropes, into power ropes, sorry lines.
If it's dark, use lights.
When faced with steep embankments use a ladder.
You need to know everything about everything.
Like an iceberg there is more under the water.
When in a potential drowning situation try and stay on the surface.
Better a live dog than a dead lion.
Estuaries are where a river meets the sea.
Basements may be cold and deep.
As you get older you lose it.
... Some top tips!
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
30 years ago today, John joined the Swanage Coastguard Team and since then he has been the back bone of the team. John has given so much not only to the team but the families and lots of people in Swanage often putting them 1st.
Normal John has one speed, that's super fast ....whether fitting tyres or sweeping the station, you just see him running past.
So on behalf of the team congratulations to John for 30 years of dedicated Service to HM Coastguard, with a Chief Coastguard Commendation and a Letter of Thanks for his work at MRCC Portland during the Napoli incident not forgetting the many lives he has helped save in and around Swanage you can not ask for much more out of a wonderful team member.
Now sadly something we haven't told readers is that John is unfortunately quite ill at the moment so today will not be quite as we planned, so we would ask you all in joining us in wishing John a good recovery, he might be off for a bit but the Team is doing its best to look after him.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Yes our Tom who has close connection with the Church (he sends a lot of people to Church on a regular basis) made that very special trip to see the Pope at the Vatican.
There was one slight problem, the Pope was in fact visiting the UK so the closest they got was as they passed each other on their respected journeys.
Bad luck Tom, we know you had a lovely trip perhaps some checking next time?
Remember folks when heading off whether in a boat or for a walk, make sure you PLAN your trip, it can save a lot of problems later on!
Monday, 20 September 2010
As we prepare for the special landmark, as the newest member of the team I’m still getting to grips with every day things such as keeping the pager with me at all times.
All was going well until 11.30pm Friday night when I suddenly realised it wasn’t there. It had been clipped to my belt all day. It should still be clipped to my belt. But it definitely wasn’t clipped to my belt…
Ignoring the golden rule of remaining calm under pressure I set about turning the house upside down desperately trying to remember when I last had it. I was just about to ring the Control Room at Portland and ask them to test page me (knowing full well that whilst it would locate the pager, it would also wake the whole house up AND be a source of amusement at the station) when I spotted it lurking down the side of the sofa.
I now know why the rest of the guys have their pagers on a little lanyard…think I might just get one. Lesson learned.
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
|R106 On Scene Old Harry|
It's heartbreaking to bring their dog back in a black bag for identification and then watch the owner put the bag in the boot of their car for what I imagine is a long journey home. Very sad.
|White Star over Durlston|
From the above you will see they are particularly powerful hence the safety need for gloves, body and eye protection. Fired into the wind at a 70 degree angle. (...and no you don't have to say 'ooooh' when they have gone up!)
The para illuminate has been withdrawn from service with some Coastguard teams but due to cases like last night and the high level of searches we undertake (when they are used to light an area) the Swanage Team still carry them. A useful bit of kit.
Friday, 17 September 2010
No.... Austen is not red
No.... Austen is not that square
Actually they both love eggs.
Well I say love eggs....Austen is currently house sitting for a mate who happens to have a load of chickens. So each morning he has a dozen eggs to eat or give away. I think the novelty of fresh eggs each morning is wearing rather thin, luckily this means I have been given 6. They are rather nice, thanks.
Just need some bacon.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
In order to confirm this to be the case the Swanage Coastguard IRT team was tasked at 01:37 to Goathorn Pier on the southern side of Poole Harbour to deploy a para-illuminate (white flare). On a mark given by Solent the para-illuminate was launched and teams from Needles Coastguard on the Isle of Wight and the Yarmouth Lifeboat which was positioned off Hengistbury head were able to confirm that the flare was in the same position as had been seen by the member of the public.
A local resident also was awoken by the kerfuffle then confirmed that some marine chaps in camouflage gear had been running around in the woods near Goathorn Pier doing some secret stuff.
Both Coastguard Teams and the Yarmouth Lifeboat were stood down with Swanage returning to station at 02:37. CROs Thomson, Curtis and Kitching.
Read more on these structures here:-
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Only the other day a regular blog reader visited the station and asked about Terry's shop.... which coincidently is having an..
End of Season Sale
at Terry’s Shop
Up to 50% on selected lines.
Regular readers will know of coastguard team member Terry’s retirement from the ambulance service and decision to set up a swimwear / lingerie shop over on Tenerife.
As he said at the time he thought it was a 'good opportunity to get into ladies underwear'…..so to speak.
Well at the end of a very successful summer season he is making room for the winter collection; fur lined swimsuits and all that I assume.
So the sale is on....Pants are down… and brassieres half off.
Above: Terry's Shop Tenerife.
So if you’re over in Tenerife pop in and grab some pants.
Above: Terry modelling the new 'Nexus 1A-PRO-10 Deluxe' waterproof moustache.
There's an extra 10% off Speedo swimwear for Coasties who can produce their membership card.
Previous Terry's shop posts:-
One helicopter and 3 Coastguard Rescue Officers later they arrived and treated the male, however it wasn't really suitable to airlift the man so they carried him down to the ambulance by the entrance.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Its starts with another dog over the cliff, this time on the Downs rather than Old Harry, then it was back to the Bankes Arms for a 15ft speed boat broken down and then finally a trip out to Old Harry to find these chaps who had misjudged the tide and weather. Swanage ILB crew managed to get all 4 on board and tow the canoes back to Studland so we could offer some words of advice!
Saturday, 11 September 2010
|RNLI Moelfre photo |
Sounds like a wheelie difficult rescue for the Moelfre Lifeboat crew.
....sorry for any rubbish jokes.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
So it was a case of driving around and checking the vehicle and Terry can still fit, locks on gates can be opened and a bit of driver training.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
In the Coastguard world of rope work there are 4 levels of competencies. Awareness - the very basic understanding of the equipment: The Operator - team members operating the equipment on the top of the cliff: The Technician the person going over the cliff and finally the OIC or Officer in Charge.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
The owner arrived and managed to refloat his craft.
Having a CG66 form registered with the Coastguard will help speed up the process of locating an owner of a boat and advising them of a situation. Forms are available on the main MCA website or flag down a passing Coastguard.
Monday, 6 September 2010
1st a lady thought she had found something odd on the beach at Studland and flagged down the truck carrying out some training, this turned out to be some chain, but a good call. Next the team were tasked to Old Harry for some divers missing, then back to Durlston Head for a yacht putting out a mayday in fear of sinking.....Swanage Lifeboat did an excellent job towing them in Poole. Finally the team got called BACK to Old Harry to another dog fallen in almost the same spot as the dog on Saturday! Thankfully the owner recovered the dog before the team got there.
Same old safety message ???
Not bad for 3 hours work, so anyone at Ulwell wondering why the truck went up and down the road, they weren't lost.
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Saturday, 4 September 2010
The cliff harness and safety equipment was put on allowing a Swanage Coastguard team member to look over the cliff and con the Swanage Lifeboat onto the dogs position. It appears she had fallen about 100ft and landed on some seaweed but had damaged her back legs.
Sandie the dog was taken to South Beach by the Swanage inshore boat and reunited with her owner and then taken to the vets via the Studland Chain Ferry. The Coastguard team rang ahead to the vets and hopeful Sandie will as we speak be in the vets capable hands.
By way of a thanks Eric and Gareth got a kiss off the lady owner, which was nice.
Fingers crossed its a good result and we wish Sandie a speedy recovery!
Yet again the wardens have served the town well, only last week end they assisted the Coastguard with clearing the beach up at Sheps Hollow when the helicopter winched the male off the beach.
Friday, 3 September 2010
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Buses will have the above poster displayed on the back windows.....this campaign comes after the successful Tesco's link to promote the Coastguard.